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TiVo to Mac Users: Buzz Off

pudge posted more than 9 years ago | from the no-you-buzz-off dept.

DRM 52

jamie writes "Though TiVo's website still claims it's 'working hard to make the TiVoToGo feature' work on Macs, its CFO just admitted otherwise. Bringing your recordings to your Mac to watch, he said, seems unlikely 'unless we find a way to record it under the current platform, and I don't think that will happen in the next few years.' Translation: no DRM, no content. Fortunately for Mac users, there are alternatives..."

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Boo hoo (5, Insightful)

cryptochrome (303529) | more than 9 years ago | (#12247912)

Well then, I guess Apple has nothing to lose by rolling out its own box and iTunes-based service, as has been rumored. Some say the mac mini is a trojan horse destined to serve exactly this purpose.

EyeTV? (4, Insightful)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 9 years ago | (#12248470)

I think you're right, and that may be on the horizon, but many people want PVR now. Hence EyeTV [elgato.com] -- am I missing something here, or does EyeTV replicate everything that TiVO offers? Why would someone buy TiVo over EyeTV?

Re:EyeTV? (4, Informative)

99BottlesOfBeerInMyF (813746) | more than 9 years ago | (#12248780)

am I missing something here, or does EyeTV replicate everything that TiVO offers? Why would someone buy TiVo over EyeTV?

EyeTV is missing a number of features. First, you need a mac to interface with and control it. Next it does not have the concept of season passes. Third, it does not record suggestions in it's spare space. Fourth the UI is not quite as nice.

On the other hand, EyeTV has no DRM, a built in editor, burns VCDs and DVDs, has no monthly fee for scheduling, is much easier for hard drive upgrades, and can be used to rip your existing video collection.

I bought an EyeTV a year or so and am delighted with it. There are still some TiVo features I'd like, but all in all I prefer having control and easy archiving.

Re:EyeTV? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12249163)

EyeTV is missing a number of features. First, you need a mac to interface with and control it. Next it does not have the concept of season passes. Third, it does not record suggestions in it's spare space. Fourth the UI is not quite as nice.

Forth, it does not assume you are gay if you let somebody watch an episode of "Will and Grace" on your TV, and automatically suggest the entire Showtime program line-up to you (along with half of the late-night PBS documentaries) as a result.

Re:EyeTV? (1)

Tibor the Hun (143056) | more than 9 years ago | (#12257799)

Do you know if EyeTV is able to record HD tv off unencrypted cable channels?

I'd hate to buy the EyeTV 500 (I believe)but only be able to record HD TV over air.
Thanks.

Re:EyeTV? (1)

99BottlesOfBeerInMyF (813746) | more than 9 years ago | (#12258618)

Do you know if EyeTV is able to record HD tv off unencrypted cable channels?

I don't know. Probably, but you should ask Elgato. They were very prompt about answering the one e-mail I sent to support.

Re:Boo hoo (4, Interesting)

hey! (33014) | more than 9 years ago | (#12248572)

Kind of a crappy position for the marketing people at Tivo. It's either (1) Give people one more reason to by a Mini, so when Apple rolls out its own PVR they can crush Tivo like a Ferrari rolling over a toad, or (2) piss off all the Mac fans so they'll cheer when Apple rolls out its own shiny PVR solution.

The only difference is whether anybody feels sorry for Tivo.

Re:Boo hoo (1)

zo219 (667409) | more than 9 years ago | (#12249932)

"A Ferrari rolling over a toad."

Nice work. Very nice. Can I have it?

Re:Boo hoo (1)

Rico_Suave (147634) | more than 9 years ago | (#12263695)

Are you implying that the mini is an acceptable PVR solution? 'Cause there's more to being a PVR than form factor...

Re:Boo hoo (1)

Wesley Felter (138342) | more than 9 years ago | (#12251574)

Yeah, that's why the Mac Mini has a remote control, TV tuner, and TV-centric GUI. Oh wait, it has none of those. Once you add all the stuff needed to make a Mini into a PVR, it costs twice as much as a Tivo.

i just want to be... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12247986)

a first post

DRM (5, Informative)

dr00g911 (531736) | more than 9 years ago | (#12248017)

Well, I'd been sitting on this since I got my Tivo2Go update and figured it out in approximately fifteen minutes. It looks like Tivo's screwing all us Mac types now, so I've got no cause to keep it to myself anymore.

Fire up Safari and go to https:// or choose the tivo from your rendezvous/bonjour bar and change it to read https://

User name: tivo
Password: your tivo access key that you can get from your Tivo account online

From here, you can download encrypted files off of your Tivo to your Mac via a web interface. From there, it's a matter of scouring a few forums to find the correct command line tools to strip the DRM off of files and leave you with pristine, quicktime playable, Toast burnable .m2v files. In deference to the DMCA, I'll leave the forum scouring as an exercise to the reader. The terms 'tivo' 'demux' 'mac' and 'key' generally appear on the same page.

Re:DRM (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12248718)

lets stop being coy... post a link to the page... as an AC if you wish...

Re:DRM (2, Informative)

A Drake Man (809441) | more than 9 years ago | (#12249342)

Not quite that simple. I just tried to download with a friend's Tivo and instead of downloading the file, it downloaded a text file that reads:

<h2>Bad Request</h2>
session id missing

Re:DRM (1)

dr00g911 (531736) | more than 9 years ago | (#12249802)

Try turning on cookies. Still works here unlenn you've gotten an upgrade that I haven't.

Re:DRM (1)

A Drake Man (809441) | more than 9 years ago | (#12252048)

I felt it may be an issue with Safari, so I tried it in Firefox and worked great. Thanks for the tip, now to travel to distant websites and figure out if it can be decoded!

Re:DRM (1)

Lon (37445) | more than 9 years ago | (#12252194)

dr00g911 - hey, please give a little more - I tried as you suggested and have not found any command line tools for OS X. I know of Win2000/XP methods but need OS X. Thanks!

Re:DRM (1)

berndtj (848650) | more than 9 years ago | (#12252861)

Utilities/Terminal.app

Re:DRM (1)

Lon (37445) | more than 9 years ago | (#12253069)

Utilities/Terminal.app har har har thanks bunches!

Re:DRM (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12252567)

I'm coming up empty on Google. Could you provide a little help? There is surprisingly little to be found on this topic.

Re:DRM (1)

iamacat (583406) | more than 9 years ago | (#12253234)

Why would you want to pay a monthly service fee to TiVo and still put up with crap like that? Dump them, get a tuner card and get pristine stuff that will not be broken by the next update. Sony and Apple had different ideas about MP3s vs DRMed music and both got a clear message from consumers (iTMS is only accepted because you can burn a CD). For TiVo and MS Media Center the message should consist of 2 words, 7 letters and massive migration to "untrusted" computing platforms.

Re:DRM (1)

captpiett1 (7076) | more than 9 years ago | (#12254958)

I got the files off my TiVo but I can't for the life of me figure out how to use ffmpegX to convert them to work on my PSP. Is it so against the law and evil that I want to watch Robot Chicken on my PSP from my TiVo??

Re:DRM (1)

Lon (37445) | more than 9 years ago | (#12255107)

Sadly, I think the PP is a red herring. I've been watching the TiVo Comunity Forums since TiVo to Go came out and no one has a mac-only solution. Googling comes up empty, too. I'd love to be proved wrong, however.

Currently solution requires access to DirectShow filters - hence only Win2000/XP methods.

Please let me know if you do find anything!

Re:DRM (1)

Lon (37445) | more than 9 years ago | (#12255168)

Sorry -- not PP but GPP. (now GGPP)

Re:DRM (2, Insightful)

SoLO (91992) | more than 9 years ago | (#12256300)

matter of scouring a few forums for command line tools, huh? Hmm the only command line tools I have found are for Windows, and those still require the directx security to decrpyt. Please enlighten us as to what native mac tools you use to decrypt the stream?
The dealdatabase and tivocommunity forums dont currently have mac native tools.....
I wish I was proven wrong here :(

Re:DRM (2, Insightful)

smartin (942) | more than 9 years ago | (#12267984)

I think this is either a troll or the this guy is confusing .ty files with .tivo files. There are lots of resources for splitting .ty files for both the mac and Linux but as far as I know (and I've looked) there are none for .tivo files.

Re:DRM (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12271692)

Or buy Replay and watch the live, un-encrypted HTTP stream from any box in your house. Or copy it to your HDD for later viewing. Or use a Java client to schedule archiving from the Replay to your HDD. TiVo -- it's like ReplayTV from 5 years ago, but with DRM.

roll your own... (4, Interesting)

enrico_suave (179651) | more than 9 years ago | (#12248080)

as I repeatedly like to say... I love my series 2 Tivo, but *this* is one major advantage to building your own pvr as opposed to buying a STB.

I don't have to wait (nearly as long) to add functionality to my DIY PVR's... I can take advantage of a bevy of open source and commercial projects to install/modify/tweak to do what I want with my content, all without annoying DRM getting in the way.

A DIY PVR is neither as cheap or as easy as a TiVo (but it doesn't have to be very hard) but with a homebuilt PVR I don't have to deal with half hearted empty corporate promises and waiting... and waiting. I can drag/stream content (from my PC PVR)over my network to my g4 gooseneck imac right now and play it. If I pony up for a plextor convertX I could record mpeg2 right to the Mac. If I'm feeling adventuresome I could put the MythTV OSX client on it (and so on, and so on...)

All the times I've heard "why would you spend XYZ dollars on a PC/MAC based PVR, when a TiVo is 99 dollars or cable co DVR is 5 bucks a month?" This typoe of shennanigan is why.

I can move content freely to other platforms without waiting for a bunch of giant corporations to figure out how to get their DRM to talk to eachother or if they can spare the development time to support a given platform. *sigh*

All i need is obtrusive banner ads during FF to really burst a blood vessel =P

e.

btw mythtv .18 was released (4, Informative)

enrico_suave (179651) | more than 9 years ago | (#12248117)



MythTV [mythtv.org] including support for the Plextor ConvertX (which has linux drivers as well as a Mac flavored version [plextor.com] bundled with Elgato's EyeTV [elgato.com] )

*shrug*

e.

Mac Users to TiVo: Will Do (2, Informative)

jeffehobbs (419930) | more than 9 years ago | (#12248187)


This is probably as good a time as any to put in a plug for El Gato's products [elgato.com] . They make some really excellent hardware and software that can do TiVo-style recording via Mac OS X. It works and works well, with no DRM whatsoever.

~jeff

eyetv sucks compared to tivo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12249688)

I bought an EyeTV USB a couple years ago, thinking it would be like TiVo, only better, because the programs would be stored on my PowerBook, and I could take them with me.

I hated the EyeTV, because the ease of use and seamless program guide integration that TiVo gets so right was gotten so wrong by El Gato. When I was lucky, I could wrangle the TitanTV web site to get EyeTV to record an MPEG-1 (crappy) stream on my PowerBook at about 1Gb per hour. When I played the shows back through my television, the quality was unwatchably bad. This might be improved in the non-USB versions, and they may have ditched TitanTV for all I know; I bought TiVo (which I love), and sold my EyeTV to some other Mac fanboy.

Re:eyetv sucks compared to tivo (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12251394)

This might be improved in the non-USB versions

g/might be/s//has been/

EyeTV 500 records uncompressed High-def signals over firewire. Very sweet.

So there you go.

Re:Mac Users to TiVo: Will Do (1)

nsayer (86181) | more than 9 years ago | (#12254248)

I own an EyeTV 500. And Senator, the EyeTV 500 is no TiVo.

At the heart of the EyeTV 500 it really only does timed recordings. It has some integration with TitanTV, but at the end of the day, it's half-assed - nothing even close to the reliability and flexibility of a TiVo season pass.

To top it all off, about 10-20% of the time I ask it to record something, it fails.

Yes, it is broadcast flag safe and has no DRM, but it still has a long way to go to be a TiVo.

yay Tivo! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12248421)

note to Mac users: can't get enough DRM? Buy music from Apple! Har har har.

Seriously, why would you fuckers even consider paying Tivo? Oh, that's right--you were dumb enough to pay out the ass for a Mac in the first place, therefore, you're part of Tivo's target market--SUCKERS!

Silly me. Man, Tivo, you sure are stupid!

The Truth in the Troll (1)

DesScorp (410532) | more than 9 years ago | (#12250392)

The parent was modded flamebait for being overly sarcastic, but there's a kernel of truth to what he said...it's a bit strange for Mac users to go ballistic about DRM on Tivo when Itunes probably has more DRM than any other commercial music service right now (Microsoft will surely take over here, but for right now, Apple is tops in the DRM department).

So the question stands...is it ok when Steve Jobs and Company push DRM for Apple products and services, and bad when others do it? Where I come from that's called Drinking the Koolaid; apparently on Slashdot though, that kind of hypocrisy is ok.

Re:The Truth in the Troll (1)

DaveJay (133437) | more than 9 years ago | (#12251355)

You're not kidding, and it's a pain in the butt. In order to listen to the small portion of our music library that my wife purchased from the iTunes store, I had to make a choice:

1. Leave it DRM'd, so that I could listen on my computer through iTunes and my iPod Shuffle, but can't listen in my living room through my SlimDevices Squeezebox;

2. Strip the DRM, so that I could listen on my SlimDevices Squeezebox but not iTunes or Shuffle;

3. Maintain a stripped and non-stripped copy in the same library by changing the id3 tags on the stripped set, and pick the appropriate one as needed;

4. Go AAC->WAV->MP3 on all of the tracks.

Short term, I did #2, and long term, I'm doing #4...and of course no longer buying any music from apple or any of their devices (got the iPod Shuffle from a friend).

Re:The Truth in the Troll (1)

jht (5006) | more than 9 years ago | (#12252039)

Number 2 is easier - just download jhymn and tell it the correct atoms to strip. The files will remain compatible with everything that way, and the iPod/iTunes combo will still work fine. Read the jhymn docs for more info, but if you do that you don't need to do #4 with the loss of audio fidelity you get by doing that, and you can keep buying iTunes songs if you are so motivated.

Troll in the Truth (1)

iamacat (583406) | more than 9 years ago | (#12253283)

Well, you could just buy Airport Express for 1/3 the price of Squeezebox and do things the natural way. Otherwise, yes you will have an inconvenient conversion and possibly loss of quality, so you might want to just buy regular CDs.

But why the grudge against Apple devices? They play unprotected MP3s, WAVs and lossless-compressed music. Or do you actually want to try WMA?

Re:The Truth in the Troll (2, Insightful)

FaasNat (522755) | more than 9 years ago | (#12252259)

Well, that's kinda ture, but with Apple's DRM on tthe songs purchased from iTunes, you can at least play them on both Windows and on the MacOS. And with not too much effort, you can play those songs on Linux.

With TiVo's DRM or whatever, you're still limited to playing them on only Windows.

Re:The Truth in the Troll (2, Informative)

mabhatter654 (561290) | more than 9 years ago | (#12252917)

in my opinion, apple has the least restrictive DRM in iTMS. It is so trivial to get your music out of iTunes...you don't even need third party programs to do it.. as far as I know iTunes is the only music service you get a real...playable CD out of. Everything else uses...Hyper-DRM... The brand of DRM Microsoft is selling is complete and total... every device from memory stick, to camera, to phone, to audio device, to pc & pda will be required to ONLY run MS brand of DRM. MS version means you can purchase from anybody...but loose the key file in a hard drive crash and you'll have to repurchase again. Apple's files can be burned DRM'd to any media...they just have to "phone home" to apple to get permission... Apple let's you "own" your copy...just like a CD... MS ensures you will only ever "rent" your copiesl....with experation dates.. forever.

TiVo software option? (2, Insightful)

A Drake Man (809441) | more than 9 years ago | (#12248527)

Maybe TiVo should offer their software OR connections to their scheduling servers as a service. That way, you could roll your own PVR and then put the "TiVo OS" on it. They make money off subscriptions and are no longer beholden to the MPAA because since you're just using their front end and scheduler, whatever happens with the files once their on your HD isn't their legal issue anymore (because you sign an agreement to use their software responsibly, the EULA).

MythTV? Alternative? (1)

Bastian (66383) | more than 9 years ago | (#12248707)

MythTV is really only an alternative if you have an old computer that is up to the task just laying around. But I certainly don't, and a quick look at the price involved suggests to me that it would be a heck of a lot cheaper for me to just buy a framegrabber for my Mac and copy shows from the TiVo using its "record to VCR" feature.

Re:MythTV? Alternative? (1)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 9 years ago | (#12250684)

That is the route I've been going. I've been using the Canopus ADVC-300 (ever since my Dazzle* Hollywood DV-Bridge went crazy) to convert the S-Video out of the TiVo to a DV stream. Edit with Final Cut Pro, master with DVD Studio Pro, burn with Toast.

Though I do have a PC and will give SonicDVD's trial a go. Of course, there's still a hole in their security. If I can burn them to a consumer DVD, then I can rerip it from the DVD in the same quality as it was burned, and no DeCSSing necessary so no DMCA worries. Then it's just a matter of getting SonicDVD to burn to a file instead of a real DVD and I don't end up making coasters.

If the TiVo extraction and SonicDVD retains the line21 closed captioning data, all the better since my analog video capture throws that data out. And I could parse the line21 data directly and create subtitles in an automated fashion; I wouldn't have to capture again with open captions with which to master subtitles manually.

Meanwhile, I'm looking to get a hard drive back into my other PC and building a MythTV box, not just for recording TV but also for serving my DVD library. (If you think having TiVo is like running your own network, wait to you see what I plan to do with MythTV!)

Re:MythTV? Alternative? (1)

Bastian (66383) | more than 9 years ago | (#12252940)

Yeee. . the MSRP on that Canopus ADVC-300 is $600! Buying a PC just for MythTV may be expensive, but it's not that expensive!

Re:MythTV? Alternative? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12259636)

he is also using FCP and DVD studio pro , both expensive programs , so im guessing that is probably peanuts to him

Re:MythTV? Alternative? (1)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 9 years ago | (#12271497)

I picked mine up at Amazon.com for $478.79. Though it is my second as the first was DOA (and $523.99). (It has gone back up to $549.99 now [amazon.com] .)

The Dazzle* had given me problems before with distorted sound. I also tried ADS Tech's Pyro A/V Link but it had too many problems to be useable: it silently dropped large groups of frames; it had to be used as an uncontrolled device otherwise it couldn't capture more than 90 seconds of video at a time; being uncontrolled required FCP to beachball for long periods of time after the capture (assinging timecode data?); and it inverted the color in the middle of a capture and again while sitting idle.

I could have gotten by with the ADVC-110, but the 300 had features I couldn't pass up [canopus.us] .

Another Mac Option: Center Stage (3, Informative)

Steve Cowan (525271) | more than 9 years ago | (#12248843)

There is another promising open-source Mac alternative [centerstageproject.com] which is just getting off the ground.

Re:Another Mac Option: Center Stage (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12250699)

There is another promising open-source Mac alternative which is just getting off the ground.

I'd find it more promising if they were able to communicate beyond a third grade level.

Try ReplayTV (3, Informative)

TallGeek (31895) | more than 9 years ago | (#12250659)

Get a ReplayTV instead. There are several Mac-friendly tools that can pull the MPEG-2 files off it over the network. You can even make your Mac/PC act like a networked ReplayTV and have the ReplayTV pull video from it and show it on your TV. You can play them using Apple's MPEG-2 codec for QuickTime (costs $20 or something) or VLC. With the QuickTime codec, you can convert the files to DV and then edit them in iMovie or Final Cut (Express) easily.

Note: I only have experience with the 4000 and 5000 models, so perhaps the newer ones break all this, but I don't think so.

Re:Try ReplayTV (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12268669)

I only have experience with the 4000 and 5000 models, so perhaps the newer ones break all this, but I don't think so.

I can confirm that. I have a 50xx series and a 55xx series. Both work fine with mReplay, MPEG StreamClip, ffMPEGx, DVArchive, etc.

Re:Try ReplayTV (2, Informative)

ab (5715) | more than 9 years ago | (#12272515)

No kidding. Better yet, get some old ones that have Commercial Advance. TiVo people only think they skip commercials. Ninety-something percent of the time I don't see them at all. It's nice to just set down the remote and watch stuff commercial free.

err - "All a mistake" TiVo says... (4, Interesting)

lightning01 (101001) | more than 9 years ago | (#12251030)


PVRBlog reports that TiVo says his words were misunderstood. I think the quote was "Why can't we all just get along?" Tivo Doing Damage Control for Mac Fans [pvrblog.com]
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